Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB

Meissner Bolte is one of the leading IP law firms in Germany. For over a century our offices in Europe have been advising national and international clients in all areas of intellectual property. From prosecution to litigation and enforcement, we make sure that your ideas remain what they are by nature – unique. Your goals guide our actions to maximise your assets. Our IP recipe is the interplay of passion, commitment and know-how.

At Meissner Bolte we have 70 highly qualified patent attorneys and lawyers with knowledge in the technology, science and legal sectors. We focus on the competencies within our teams and pull together with clients to ensure success. We also boast a number of Japanese and native English-speaking attorneys and specialists to support our international clientele. Thanks to our interdisciplinary teamwork, we have an overview of the entire gamut of IP rights and the legal possibilities of the individual fields of law, such as patent, trademark and design law, to create a powerful and successful prosecution and litigation strategy covering the full spectrum of IP protection.

We are committed to informing our clients, business partners and employees regularly and accurately about the latest develop­ments in IP rights. Our experts frequently offer and hold external seminars, internal training and lectures, and publish newsletters to keep our clients up-to-date with all important decisions in the German and European IP arena and how they can affect immediate and future practices.

Our experts include the following:

  • Tobias Wuttke, head of litigation – Dr Wuttke focuses on the contentious aspects and capitalisation of trademarks. Dr Wuttke received his law degree from the University of Freiburg and clerked for several years as the personal assistant of the presiding judge of the German Supreme Court (trademark senate). He has gained broad experience as the lead counsel in many high-profile trademark cases.
  • Oliver Nilgen – Mr Nilgen, specialised IP lawyer, focuses on all aspects of trademark law, design law, media law and commercial law, copyright law and unfair competition law. Mr Nilgen received his law degree from the University of Bremen. He served his legal clerkship with the Dusseldorf Regional High Court. He gained experience through legal internships as assistant to one of the members of the EU Intellectual Property Office’s First Board of Appeal. He develops and manages IP portfolios and enforces and defends IP rights, particularly in infringement proceedings and border seizures. He is a member of the MARQUES Designs Team, the Pharmaceutical Trademark Group (PTMG) and the German Intellectual Property Rights and Copyrights Association (GRUR).

Our publications include:

  • “The German Inspection Proceedings from a Lawyer’s Perspective”, Intellectual Property Journal, Japan, September 2018;
  • “News from Patent Litigation”, in Mitteilung der deutschen Patentanwälte, March 2018, pp107 and following;
  • “SMEs And The Patent Challenge”, LES Nouvelles, September 2017;
  • “Patent Litigation up-to-date - an overview of the current case law”, in Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte, 2017, pp55 and following;
  • “Best practice in litigation strategies: global perspectives”, World Trademark Review, August 2019;
  • Getting The Deal Through – Copyright, Lexology, August 2019;
  • Review of Decision of the Court of Justice, January 24 2018 in case C-634/16 P - EUIPO/European Food SA – FITNESS; and
  • “Uphill battle for protection of 3D confectionary marks”, World Trademark Review, December 2017/January 2018.

Our services include:

  • physics;
  • electrical engineering;
  • computing and information technology;
  • mechanical engineering;
  • medical technology;
  • chemistry and pharmaceuticals;
  • biotechnology; and
  • materials science.

Contact details

Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB
Widenmayerstrasse 47
Munich 80538

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Other offices

  • Augsburg
  • Bremen
  • Dusseldorf
  • Gera
  • Halifax
  • Hamburg
  • Nuremberg
  • Osnabruck
  • Schorndorf

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